COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers named the winners of its 2017 Safety Awards at its Environmental Health and Safety Summit in Columbus on July 20.
Chardon Custom Polymers L.L.C., HBD Thermoid Inc., Legg Co. Inc. (a member of ContiTech) and Stockwell Elastomerics Inc. all received gold awards, given to sites that report no occupational injuries or illnesses as defined by OSHA during 2016.
LMI Custom Mixing and Hexpol Compounding's Burton, Ohio, site earned silver awards, given to companies that report no OSHA recordable occupational injuries or illnesses involving lost workdays or restricted work activity in 2016.
Blair Rubber Co. received honorable mention for the lowest rate of incidents based on its size (less than 100 employees) and Wabtec Rubber Products was honored for the lowest rate of incidents for its size (101-350 employees).
ARPM's safety awards program seeks to recognize safety in the rubber industry by awarding facilities that have achieved a level of performance above industry average. Awards are based on data reported by the company's annual OSHA 300 log of work-related injuries and illnesses.
The association said it received three times as many applications in 2017 compared to 2016.
"This program honors leaders in our association for achieving excellence in safety and health," ARPM Managing Director Letha Keslar said in a statement. "These member companies are making safety a top priority and have gone to extensive measures to assure their most valuable asset, their employees, are safe on the job. We look forward to gathering in 2018 for the EHS Summit and continuing to celebrate safety in our member facilities."
The Environmental Health and Safety Summit is an annual event hosted by ARPM designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies. ARPM said the 2017 summit doubled its attendance from prior years.
ARPM is managed by rubber business leaders and consists of more than 85 member companies.